Marion Art Center to hold auditions for ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

Dec 14, 2023

MARION — The Marion Art Center will hold auditions for the play “Arsenic and Old Lace” on Saturday, Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 7 from12  to 2 p.m.

The play, written by Joseph Kesserling, will be directed by Donn Tyler. There are nine performance dates scheduled March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24. Evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

The play’s synopsis is as follows:

“Drama critic Mortimer Brewster’s engagement announcement is upended when he discovers a corpse in his elderly aunts’ window seat. Mortimer rushes to tell Abby and Martha before they stumble upon the body themselves, only to learn that the two old women aren’t just aware of the dead man in their parlor, they killed him,” according to a Marion Art Center press release. “Between his aunts’ penchant for poisoning wine, a brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, and another brother using plastic surgery to hide from the police — not to mention Mortimer’s own hesitancy about marriage — it’ll be a miracle if Mortimer makes it to his wedding. Arsenic and Old Lace is a classic black comedy about the only thing more deadly than poison: family.”

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